Police lose track of North-East sex offenders

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POLICE forces in the region say they do not know the whereabouts of four registered sex offenders.

Northumbria Police has said two registered sex offenders were wanted because their whereabouts were unknown, including one who went missing in May 2002 and another in November 2008.

Durham Police said one registered sex offender was missing but has refused to say when their whereabouts became unknown.

Cleveland Police said one registered sex offender had been missing since 2011.

The figures have been released after all forces across the country were asked for the number of missing sex offenders in their area.

Forces which provided figures for February or earlier this month said the information was “dynamic” and will change as arrests are made or new cases come to light through “proactive intelligence-led policing or routine visits to registered offenders”.

Every force that responded to the request refused to name the missing sex offenders over fears of vigilante attacks or because the information was exempt under data protection laws.